2 Wisconsin cities are on the list of top five worst cities for black Americans

Study shows racial inequality is an issue in WI

Milwaukee and Racine, WI are numbers three and four on the list of the top five worst cities for Black Americans.

In the U.S. the typical black household earns just 61 cents for every dollar the typical white household earns according to 24/7 Wall St. 

The black median income in Milwaukee is 42.2 percent of white income, which is slightly ahead of the median income of Racine at 34.6 percent of white income. 

Lower incomes along with educational attainment, poverty and high incarceration rates are all factors of racial inequality in the United States. 

For example, 1,408 in every 100,000 black Americans in the United States are incarcerated in state prisons, a 200 percent increase since 1960. This number is in contrast to the white incarceration rate of 275 people in state prisons for every 100,000 people. 

24/7 Wall St. acquired its data from information in the 2016 U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey on median household income, poverty, adult high school and bachelor's attainment, homeownership and unemployment rates. Data on incarceration rates came from The Sentencing Project, a nonprofit dedicated to criminal justice reform. This data focused on incarceration rates for the state where the metro area is located, as states are responsible for their prison population. For metro areas that span more than one state, the state in which the majority of the metro area is located was used. Other data on mortality rates for each race was obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

 

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